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Both were great boats for their era. Both sail well. The Cal if it has been maintained, updated and is good shape should be a bit more robust. It is also more roomy down below. Ranger is faster and more fun to sail.
If you are not a professional surveryor, or else not willing to throw away far more money than you could possibly pay for one of these boats, then you are clearly overwhelmed with hubris to think of buying either boat without a survey. Boats like these can have problems that far exceed the value of the boat, potentially giving these boats a negative value if any of these major issues are present. In the worst case the cost to store and dispose of one of these boats can also far exceed thier value. Major structural issues is why boats get abandoned in the first place. A structural survey on one of these boats is cheap insurance that you won't end up chain sawing a boat and having to pay dump fees.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay